Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Google Classroom: A Student's Perspective of Assignments

When working with assignments in Google Classroom, the teacher can see how creating and interacting with assignments works from his/her perspective, but it's helpful to be able to see it from the student's perspective.  This video shows you what the student sees when working with assignments.

Google Classroom: How to Join - A Student's Perspective

Once teachers learn to use Google Classroom, they see how beneficial it is as a primary part of their daily teaching tool kit, but it helps to be able to see how all of this looks from the student's perspective.  This video shows you both the teacher's and the student's view as student join a teacher's classroom.

Working With Assignments

Creating assignments with Google Classroom is easy, but there is more to assignments than just creating them.  This video shows you what you can do with assignments and how they work within Google Classroom.

Working With a Classroom

Now that you've created a Google Classroom and students have joined, it, how does this thing work?  This video shows you how to navigate through your Google Classroom, how to create announcements, assignments, and more.

Google Classroom: Creating and Joining Classrooms

This video shows you how to create one or more Google Classrooms and shows you how students will find and join your classroom.

Google Classroom Introduction

If you have not already started using Google Classroom, this video will give you an overview of what Google Classroom can do for you.  Google Classroom makes it easy for you to assign work to students, monitor their progress, provide feedback, and more.  Additionally, it makes it easier to share documents back and forth between teacher and student.  There are many more features in Google Classroom, so be sure to watch the entire Google Classroom series.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Working with Multiple Google Accounts

Many of us have more than one Google account, and it's easy to become confused with which account we're logged into.  This often leads to accidentally sending emails from the wrong account or requesting access to a shared document from the wrong account.

This short video will help you manage multiple accounts and show you how you can change your profile icon for each account.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Redirecting email from First Class to Google

For those still using the FirstClass email system, I want to remind you that we will be shutting down the FirstClass server after June 30, 2017.  This means you will no longer have access to your account.  If you'd like to have emails that are currently being sent to your FirstClass account automatically redirected to your Google account, this video will show you how.  One advantage of redirecting rather than forwarding emails is that the emails arrive in you Google inbox with the original sender's email address as the one sending the message.  When you forward an email from your account to Google, you are the sender, thus you're not able to simply reply to the original sender.  Confused?  Trust me, redirecting is better.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Creating and Publishing Your First Blog

So, you're blog site has been created and you're ready to create your first post.  This video will show you how to create and publish posts on your blog site.

Monday, February 6, 2017

Setting Up Your BlogSpot Account

This video will show you how to set up your own blog spot.  Keep in mind, blogging with your school's account is a great way of providing content to your students and their parents while remaining within your district's domain.  You have a control over who can see it (students only, students and parents only, the public, etc.).  It's also a great way for students to present project that are within your control and the school's domain.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Blogger - Not Just For Blogging

We've heard the term "blogging" before, but what exactly is blogging?  Blogging started out as a way to allow people to post articles to the Internet without having to have any web design knowledge.  Blog sites added features such as RSS feeds which allow others to "follow" the blogger.  Blog sites were a quick and easy way for those with something to say to post their thoughts for the world to see.  Blogging is alive and well, but even if you're not a blogger, you can certainly make use of a blog site.  Since the site allows you to quickly and easily create web space, you can use a blog site to create a classroom website.  Your "blogs" can be anything you want.  This includes text, images, video, or any combination of the same.  Posts are automatically archived and are simple to find and search.  As such, if you're a teacher, you can post class notes, information, videos, images, and links related to your classroom curriculum.   Students can use the site in real-time, or use it as an online repository of lessons and information from your class.  If you have an interactive white board that can record, or if you have some other way to record your lessons, you can post these videos to your blog site where students will have access to them.  So don't think of a blog site as being just a source for blogs, think of it as a ready-made website waiting for you to easily fill it with content.

Below is an introduction to Blogger, Google's blog engine.  If you have a Google account, you have the ability to create a blog site.  Blogspot is Google's name for its blog engine.  Not only can you use it in your class, but students can create their own blog sites that are able to be accessed, monitored, and controlled by the school district.  It's a great tool for project-based learning.

In the coming days, I will post additional training videos showing you how to create your Blogspot account, set it up, and how to publish your first post.

BookBub - For Free Books!

If you like to read, or if you know someone who does, I have the site for you!  BookBub is a website that allows you to purchase e-books at super discounted prices, or even for free!  First, you have to create an account with them.  As part of the account, you indicate which genres you like and even which authors you like.  Then, each day you will receive an email with several book options.  Prices range from free to a few dollars.  If you see a book or books you like, simply click on the appropriate button and you will be taken to your Amazon account.  From your Amazon account, you indicate which device you want the book installed on, and the book will be delivered to it.  It’s quite simple.  You will be required to have an Amazon account, and currently, books are only Kindle enabled.  You don’t have to have a Kindle.  Remember, you can install the Kindle app on your iPad or Android device, essentially turning it into a Kindle reader.  What are you waiting for?  Go get a book!